WITH their back against the wall and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup on the line, Ceres FC-La Salle blasted Global FC, 5-nil in the United Football League late Sunday.
“Our mindset now is to win. We prepared well and the players responded to the pressure and importance of the game,” Ceres FC technical director Ali Go said.
“We have to move forward and learn from our mistakes. The team is now playing good football and have addressed their defensive problems. We hope to play the same or even better in our last game. This is the most important game of our season and we will give everything we have to win this game,” he added.
Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic said the game was very important for them so the key was good defending.
“We told the players before the game, and I think they did very well. So in the second half it was very difficult to speak about the game because they were a man less so the game was over when they received the red card,” he said.
“We must win the next game also because it’s the most important game right now for us and we have one week to prepare for it. I hope that we will play like today,” he added.
Adrian Gallardo led the onslaught with pair of goals – scoring in the 38th minute before sealing the victory in the 89th.
Jeffrey Christiaens also nailed the second goal in the 43rd minute on cross from the wing floats into the far post out of reach from any Global defender.
After the 2-0 half time lead, Orman Okunaiya hit in from close range in the 47th minute for a 3-nil advantage. Bienvenido Maranon found the back of the net on a quick counter in the 80th minute for a 4-0 lead.
With the win, Ceres FC is currently at second after registering 13-2-3 card for 41 points . Global remained on top of the table with 15-2-2 for 47 points. Loyola Meralco Sparks FC trails at No. 3 with 13-1-4 for 40 points.